“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. . . . I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. . . . If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:16, 18, 23, NKJV).
“When you rise in the morning, do you feel your helplessness, and your need of strength from God? and do you humbly, heartily make known your wants to your heavenly Father? If so, angels mark your prayers, and if these prayers have not gone forth out of feigned lips, when you are in danger of unconsciously doing wrong, and exerting an influence which will lead others to do wrong, your guardian angel will be by your side, prompting you to a better course, choosing your words for you, and influencing your actions” (Ellen White, Messages to Young People, p. 90).
One Sabbath I was standing at the kitchen sink in our fellowship hall washing dishes after potluck. A young exchange student from Russia was drying the dishes. I knew she was not a Christian, so I silently prayed about how to take advantage of this time doing dishes together. “I have a question for you, if you don’t mind,” I said. “Sure, what is it?” she replied. “Why is it that so many people in Russia are not Christians?” I asked. “You may as well ask me why I am not a Christian,” she said with a grin. “OK,” I said in a similar lighthearted manner, “why is it that you are not a Christian?” “I simply do not have any evidence for the existence of God,” she said matter-of-factly. Then she asked, “Why is that you are a Christian?” “Because I have plenty of evidence!” I responded. She laughed and said, “OK, so what is your evidence?” I then gave her my testimony of what God had done for me.
“I have an experiment, if you are willing to try it,” I said. “I believe if you do this experiment you will find evidence for God. I would like you to spend some time for the next 30 days reading from the book of John. If you finish before the 30 days is up, just start over. I would also like you to pray to God when no one else knows. Talk to Him about things only you would know about, and ask Him for something that only You know you are asking, then see what happens.” “OK,” she said, “that sounds easy enough. It will be an interesting experiment.”
As an exchange student she was required to go wherever her host family went so that she could get a taste of the culture. Therefore, every week she came to church because that is what her host family did. Two weeks after she began the experiment, I went over to her at church and asked, “So, how’s it going with the experiment?” She was serious but pleasant as she said, “I don’t understand what is happening. I still have two weeks to go, but already I am not sure I can say there is no God anymore.” “Good for you,” I responded. “Keep going. I am sure you will find more evidence for God if you keep an open mind.” She smiled and thanked me as she left that day. She went home to Russia before the 30 days were complete, but I know she and God were getting better acquainted!
How do we abide in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Bible Texts to Pray About
Everyday; Jesus, Be My Everything; Day by Day (Hymn #532); Moment by Moment (Hymn #507); I Would Draw Nearer to Jesus (Hymn #310); Nearer, Still Nearer (Hymn #301); Lord, in the Morning (Hymn #39); Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee (Hymn #486); Here I Am to Worship; Your Name; Better is One Day; Friend of God; Draw Me Close; I Love You, Lord.